Senators stick with Elliott

Brian Elliott won in Edmonton on Saturday, so he will get the start for the Ottawa Senators tonight...

Brian Elliott won in Edmonton on Saturday, so he will get the start for the Ottawa Senators tonight versus the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Place. (Ottawa Sun file photo)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 PM ET

Win and you’re in.

That appears to be the situation for Senators’ goalies Brian Elliott and Robin Lehner thanks to coach Cory Clouston.

After telling reporters last week he’ll alternate netminders until one of them wins the No. 1 job, Clouston has decided to go back with Elliott after the club scored a 5-3 victory Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers.

Trying to break an eight-game home losing skid at Scotiabank Place that stretches back to Dec. 26th against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Elliott will make the start against the New York Islanders Tuesday.

He allowed three goals on 18 shots Saturday to break a personal 12-game losing skid.

“It should give him some confidence. He’s playing against a very good offensive team. We need everybody to play well, not just Brian. We need to give him support,” said Clouston.

“(Saturday's win) it’s better than a loss. It gives you some confidence, it gives you some momentum. We’ve done a lot of right things in certain games as of late and we just didn’t put the wins together.”

The only other lineup change will see Binghamton callup Erik Condra make his NHL debut.

While Ryan Keller was hanging around the dressing room Monday, the Senators opted to give Condra a chance.

Condra, 24, is second on the Baby Sens in scoring with 17-29-46 points in 54 games this season. He will skate on a line with Zack Smith and Ryan Shannon.

Condra called his parents right away and they’re on their way to Ottawa.

“I feel good. I’m excited, energized and ready to go,” said Condra, who found out about the callup Monday and will wear No. 38. “This is something you dream about as a kid. Words can’t describe it.”

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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